Pricci's Free Daily Feature Race Analysis

Whenever his daily work schedule permits, HorseRaceInsider executive editor John Pricci will analyze that day's feature race from a major thoroughbred-racing jurisdiction.

Monday, January 16, 2012

He Can Run, Really

Today's Aqueduct feature offers an excellent chance for value. Not that Yo Koffy (5-2) isn't a worthy favorite; he is, with an excellnt figure debut score followed by a New Pace Top effort in his second start. But tae a look at He Can Run (6-1).

Well named, he earned the field's second best figure two starts back, a huge double top that affected him last time; that and a tough trip and he was still heading in the right direction at the finish. Shedding 6 pounds with tactical speed and kick, the switch to Junior Alvarado also augurs well.

Taking He Can Run to win at 3-1 or greater and key boxing him first and second with Yo Koffy and top-figure-last-out Deliburnsky, who must spot the other two four pounds.

Running Totals: (1006) 310-202-143 Total Dollar Return: $2,134.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Little Nick Comes Up Big

Sunday’s feature in SoFla., the Gulfstream Sprint Stakes, has attracted some fast horses. The favorite, one fast sprinter named Great Attack (2-1) will be a tough out. When last seen he was beaten 2 ½ lengths in the G2 BC Turf Sprint. This is easier, to say the least, and his most recent work was fastest among 138 workers that week in his peer group.

But we’ll try to take him with Little Nick (5-2), making his second start off a layup, winning his return by a relatively comfortable margin but under very confident handling from Paco Lopez, who takes the re-ride here. Packed with speed, kick and a ground saving position, he’s a perfect trip waiting to happen.

Taking Little Nick to win at 2-1 or greater and key boxing him in multiples with Great Attack, the very sharp Marquet Cat (8-1), and the interesting import, Private Jet (4-1).

Running Totals: (1005) 310-202-142 Total Dollar Return: $2,134.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


A Very Special New York-bred Filly

There’s a pretty exciting filly in today’s Ruthless Stakes at Aqueduct, a running New York-bred filly named Agave Kiss (5-2), trying open company for the first time. But I would let that dissuade her fans, not when she won both her starts by a combined 16 ¾ lengths.

The thing is she did it the right way. Her opening gambit was an extremely fast-for-the-class Compression Line followed up with a hot New Pace Top score in preliminary allowances. The connections think so much of her that she has remained under the late Carl Lizza’s Flying Zee Stable banner.

I can’t beat her at any price.

Taking Agave Kiss to win, no price restrictions, and keying her in super exotics with Dance To Bristol (6-1), Corderosa (8-1), Well Kept (5-1) and Perennial Song (7-2).

Running Totals: (1004) 309-202-142 Total Dollar Return: $2,130.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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